What do you notice first in this picture? Mount Roland in the background? The grin on my face? The way the lamb is begging to be let go? I notice my hat. It's an official Akubra .
Never heard of Akubra Hats? Well, you have seen them before, I'm sure. Remember this movie?
The Man From Snowy River is one of my favorite movies. It was a favorite even before I even had the teeniest thought I might someday travel to Australia. While out shopping in Devonport, the closest city to Sheffield, I stepped into a shop that had the same kind of hats and jackets worn in the movie, and I had to have a hat. How appropriate, then, when I found my favorite its style was none other than "Snowy River." The same style worn in the movie.
I don't get to wear my hat often. As a matter of fact, I never get to wear it. The times I want to wear it (Missions week at our church, for example) my husband thinks I look too, um, non-Australian to pull it of. He's right, of course, but that doesn't diminish my desire to wear it. So, it hangs on the wall of the playroom, next to my collection of all things Australian, like my stuffed animals Taz and Janelle (a Tasmanian devil and wombat, respectively). And various post cards of scenes from around Tasmania. And maps of Tasmania. And a stuffed koala made from kangaroo fur. Oh yeah. That's another post.
Sigh...I guess I'll have to be content knowing that it's there, if I do decide to wear it one day, no matter how un-Australian I may be.